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Swedish Vallhund Information

Name Swedish Vallhund
Other Name
Origin Sweden
Build Type Small
Life Cycle 13-15 years
Group Herding
Character Friendly, Watchful, Fearless, Alert, Intelligent, Sociable, Affectionate
Height Male: 12-15 inches
Female: 12-14 inches
Weight Male: 18-34 pounds
Female: 18-30 pounds
Color Grey, Blue, Mahogany, Grayish yellow, Grayish Brown
Average price 1000 US$


Good with Kids ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Child Friendly ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Cat Friendly ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Dog Friendly ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Trainability ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Shedding ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Watchdog ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Intelligence ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Grooming ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Popularity ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Adaptability ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Hypoallergenic No

Swedish Vallhund


The Swedish Vallhund is a small but powerful and fearless breed of farm dogs. Besides of herding and cattle driving, they are excellent companion dogs. Alert, intelligent and energetic, these dogs are referred as a ‘big dog in a compact body’. They possess a charming personality, keen to entertain, well bonded and protective family mate, they are very soft and pleasing to children, sociable with avidity to all pets especially cats, however a little reserved to strange dogs. They form perfect watchdogs being wary of strangers and inquisitive. They are easy trainable but need healthy amount of physical exercises. The breed excels in obedience, tracking, agility and dog sports at present.

This small dog contains high energy and endless herding stamina. The dog is slightly longer than it is tall but with extreme of strength, speed and tireless endurance. The body is sharp and sturdy with good proportion of bone and flesh. Flexibility is just amazing enabling them to move quick, turn sharp and penetrate through cattle avoiding their kicks. They can be without tail, stubbed or a tail that is full curled over back. The coat is double and has sable marking patterns which is available in grey to red color ranges.

The history of this breed dates back to the times of Vikings quite 1000 years ago. Formerly it was known as Vikingarnas Hund. During ninth century the breed was taken to Wales and gone through some crosses with Corgis, the case may be quite reverse as this cross may be experimented in Sweden, whatever is true, the both dogs bear great similarities. Second World War impacted adversely to almost all breeds of dogs, this Vallhund was near to extinction in 1942 but was lucky to be rescued by Count Bjorn von of Sweden. The Swedish Vallhund was officially recognized by AKC in 2007 and was placed under the category of herding dog.


The Swedish Vallhund is highly energetic and responsive herding dog. It is very affectionate and remarkably playful with children of all ages besides excellent with cats. They do well with dogs but need early familiarization; some tend to a bit more aggressive to strange dogs. They warn the owner on any suspicious movement, forced entry or any other menace to its flock. They form perfect watchdog and cattle guardian from outer threats besides maintaining discipline among the herd. Extremely buoyant, they bring smiles on faces by their multi-face ability and impulsive sense of humor.

The breed is easy in socialization training. Good learner and quick responsive, they are very fast in gaining. Once the dogs know their position in order of a pack and admit the human as true pack leader, they stay calm, obedient and submissive to owner’s orders otherwise they may be caught in temperamental issues including excessive barking, digging, chewing and highly aggressive besides restless, stubborn and boisterous.

This farm dog breed also excels in shows and obedience competitions, the dogs adapted for show lines would require training on special grounds. The exercise requirement would also vary as the herding job itself satisfies them but the show dogs would require enough exercises to stay satisfied. The herding trait sometimes tempts them to nip at the heels but can be trained to avoid such practices. Housebreak should be started at very early age for easy adaptability with other pets. The breed is heavy shedder yet average grooming efforts are required. Brushing twice a week is considered enough, the dog is itself very sleek and clean with attractive expressions.

Owner Should Know

  1. A house with yard is much suited for Swedish Vullhund for its exercise activities, however, the breed can be adapted for apartment life and the exercise requirements should be met compulsorily in this case.
  2. They tend to dominate weak owner, do not let the dog to exercise the command as the leader among the pack. Teach the dog that human is always a pack leader and dogs come under the humans in order of the pack.
  3. The dog from herding lines will satisfy mostly its physical exercise requirements by its natural job, but the dog adapted for shows or just family dogs would require regular exercises. Long walks, running and sharing playful activities in yard with family would be the source of satisfaction to them.
  4. Its medium length coat is easy to groom by combing and brushing twice a week but the breed is heavy shedder. You may need to vacuum clean your house quite often.
  5. Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.

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